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 Lewis Douglas Young

Lewis Douglas Young

Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 24 May 1968 (aged 76)
Barrington, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 6443926 · View Source
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"Douglas" as he preferred to be called, was born on 8 Ocean Street in Providence, RI. His parents were Frank Norris Young and Harriet Manchester Young. He had one older brother, Everett Young. When of age, Douglas tried several times to join the armed services (WWI) but each time was turned down due to a heart murmur.
As a teenager, he enjoyed competing in tennis tournaments, and did quite well.
He was president and treasurer of Douglas Young, Inc, 110 Kenyon Street, Pawtucket, RI, a fancy paper box firm* (see note). He held many patents for his inventions, which are widely used in the industry. He was a past president of the New England Paper Box Association.
Douglas traveled extensively, with his and abroad and often lectured about his trips. He was an avid photographer and documented the trips with his photos. An ardent yachtsman who could boast of having "touched every port on the East Coast". He was a member of the Barrington Yacht Club (RI). He also was an advanced pilot of the U.S. Power Squadron. His picture enclosed here is of Douglas aboard his yacht "The Seahorse".
He was a member of the Pawtucket Chamber of Commerce, the To Kalon Club, a 50 year member of What Cheer Lodge. He also belonged to the F. & A. M., Providence, the Shriners, RI Camera Club, Lions Club, RI Country Club and Turks Head Club. He was a past president of the Calvary Young Men's Business Club. Douglas attended the Calvary Baptist Church on Broad Street, Providence, as a child. Although he did not attend church later in life, he donated enough money for a children's bible class room. That room still has his name plaque on it.
He married Louise May Gibbs on September 25, 1917 at Louise's Aunt May's home in Providence. Douglas & Louise were married for 51 years. They had 3 daughters: Martha & Jean (twins) and Mary. His daughters remember him as very witty, always making them laugh; the most generous person they have ever known, loved entertaining and was a very popular man. They loved him dearly.
He died of a heart attack while at home, speaking on the phone to his secretary.

* The Valley Breeze newspaper, Pawtucket, RI edition, announced on June 24, 2015 that the "century old Pawtucket mill complex" building that Lewis Douglas Young "acquired from Standard Paper Box Company and all its assets at public auction in May 1933..." will be added to the National Register of Historic Places, the federal government's official list of properties in the U.S. whose historical and architectural significance makes them worthy of preservation. Douglas made many changes and upgrades to the buildings including adding a second story to the original 1914 factory building, expanding the rear ell, and expanding the wood-frame storehouse. A later project in 1961 extended the façade further north along Kenyon Avenue to the present - day dimensions. The article went on to say that "The Douglas Young firm was able to provide relatively steady employment for its workers through the remainder of the Great Depression. In the WW11 era, Young undertook a significant expansion of the plant." Also, "As owner, Douglas Young received 41 patents for various aspects of box and display design." There are blue prints for his building expansions included in his application to do so, on line.

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  • Created by: Sue Williams
  • Added: 24 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6443926
  • Sue Williams
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Douglas Young (19 Apr 1892–24 May 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6443926, citing Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Sue Williams (contributor 46538018) .